It is normal to get nervous during social interactions like giving a speech or meeting someone on a date. But if a person has social anxiety, every social situation leads to fear, self-consciousness, overthinking, etc. because you feel that the other people will judge you. In social anxiety, you tend to avoid meeting people and interacting with them which can lead to a disruption in life and work. This is a chronic mental health disease and there are many causes of social anxiety. But with medication and therapy, it can be treated and you can become better after some time. There are social anxiety treatments that can help you in the long run. Here is a list of these social anxiety treatments that you must know about.
Psychotherapy helps to improve the symptoms that arise due to social anxiety disorder. With therapy, you learn how to change the negative feelings about yourself and develop skills to interact with people comfortably. Cognitive behavior therapy is the most beneficial if you have social anxiety and you can do it alone or in a group. In an exposure-based therapy, you face the situations that make you feel scared. This can help you improve your skills to cope with situations that make you anxious and unhappy. Practicing exposure helps to build your confidence and helps you face all the challenges face on.
There are several medicines that one can take for social anxiety but the most common one is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that help to get rid of the symptoms. There are other medicines like paroxetine (Paxil) or sertraline (Zoloft) that a doctor might prescribe to you. The doctor may give you a less dosage at first and then increase it after a certain period of time. You may also be given anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medicines, and beta-blockers so that your situation becomes better.
Stick With It
This is not a treatment but a suggestion that the psychotherapy and medications may take months to improve your situation but you need to stick with it. For some people, the medication may take effect and reduce their anxiety after which they can stop the medication. But, for some people, the medication might go on for years as there is a fear of relapse. To make the most of the treatment, you have to go to the doctor regularly, take your medications on time, challenge yourself to face situations that make you anxious, and talk to your doctor about anything that you find is concerning.
These are a few social anxiety treatments that doctors prescribe to their patients to help them become better. There are some herbal treatments and homemade treatments that you can try but these are not proven to help with anxiety. Before taking any such medications, you have to ask your doctor for advice as it can harm you if taken in the wrong way. You have to challenge yourself every day to successfully interact with people without fear of judgment. You have to think that the other person is also similar to you and you have no reason to fear them.